How I Run My Social Media (and How You Can Do the Same)

How I Run My Social Media (and How You Can Do the Same)

Download as PDF I don’t think it’ll be news to you that I like social media, and I think it is VERY useful for academics. Not just for working with other academics, but to engage future students and share findings with a broader audience.

Eight ideas on Improving Your Productivity

Eight ideas on Improving Your Productivity

Download as PDF Here are 8 different things you could try, together or separately, to improve your time management, and thus your productivity.

What If We Knew What Reviewers Said About Other Grants?

What If We Knew What Reviewers Said About Other Grants?

This post is inspired by episode 695 of This American Life (everyone's a critic).

Building a Reading Habit

Building a Reading Habit

Download as PDF This is (essentially) James Clear's take on building habits. And I'll try to put context into it in terms of reading - for learning or leisure.

Should I Do a PhD Thesis by Publication?

Should I Do a PhD Thesis by Publication?

Download as PDF I did a traditional thesis. But I have since coached/helped many PhD students do both thesis by publication and traditional. My advice - Do it! For most (Australian) universities this is so much better. But there are some things to note (good and bad):

What’s the Easiest PhD?

What’s the Easiest PhD?

Download as PDF This question really doesn't have a straight answer. PhDs are not easy. They are not intended or designed to be easy. But there are probably things you can do to make the whole process easier.

How to Fall in Love with Your PhD

How to Fall in Love with Your PhD

  There's a difference between, "it is hard", and "it is killing me".  So much of what people tell you when you sign up to do a PhD - from within and without academia - is that "you'll hate it". Or "you won't enjoy it". Or "PhDs are meant to suck".

How I Build My Endurance Muscle

How I Build My Endurance Muscle

I’ve long held the belief that a PhD is the longest continuous single project one person will work on in their life. When combined with your undergraduate degree it is longer than primary school, or high school – with no term breaks. And few an (unlucky) few of you, your PhD will be/is longer […]

How I Apply the Run-Walk-Run Strategy to Work

How I Apply the Run-Walk-Run Strategy to Work

I’m in my forth decade of life. Beyond the impact of COVID, things that were easy in my 20s and 30s are now getting difficult.

How Running Builds My Resilience at Work

How Running Builds My Resilience at Work

From a mental health perspective, the last 5 years have been some of the worst of my life. I’ve tried lots of things to make improvements, including diet, exercise, counselling, therapy, and medication.

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